Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

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Are you craving a bowl of comfort? Look no further than this Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup. Made from scratch, just like Mom used to make, this classic chicken noodle soup recipe delivers flavor and nostalgia. A rich, hearty broth serves as the base for tender chicken, crisp vegetables, and perfectly cooked wide egg noodles. It’s simple, satisfying, and guaranteed to warm you up from the inside out. Whether you’re feeling under the weather or just need a dose of home-cooked goodness, this soup is the answer.

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup made from scratch. This was hands down my favorite meal as a kid, and to this day, it is my number one ranked form of comfort food, even in the heat of summer.

I remember my Mom making this when I was little and every time I ate it I got the hiccups. I realize now it was probably because I was eating it WAY too fast!!

When my friend, Lisa, and I used to play in my play kitchen we would put warm water in my “soup kettle” and “cook” homemade chicken noodle soup on my stove. It was the one meal we always made.

The Best Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

This hearty and nourishing chicken soup is reminiscent of your grandma’s chicken noodle soup made completely from scratch, including the noodles! So, if you’re looking for a quick 30-minute or less soup, this isn’t the recipe for you. Slow simmered for at least an hour so the flavor can develop and the vegetables soften, this chicken soup will soothe your soul. 

If you love Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup recipes,  you are sure to love these too: Thai Chicken Noodle Soup, Instant Pot Chicken and Rice Soup, and this Italian Chicken Noodle Soup.

Homemade Chicken and Noodle Soup Recipe 

Perfect for those cold nights or whenever the mood hits, this chicken soup will fit the bill. Great for a weekday or weekend lunch, afternoon snack or to take with you to work or school. Make sure to serve with some crusty bread to soak up all the flavors in your bowl. This soup freezes really well so you can also stash some in the freezer to eat at a later date. 

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup with Homemade Noodles 

Made with chicken broth, a fresh whole chicken, and chicken bouillon you won’t get a richer flavored soup than this one. Loaded with carrots and celery it’s hearty and satisfying. The great thing about this soup recipe, too is that you can add your favorite veggies, throw in some fresh herbs, or change up the noodles if you like. 

Ingredients for this easy homemade chicken noodle soup recipe 

For complete ingredients and instructions scroll to the bottom of this post for the full printable recipe. 

  • Whole chicken: Using a whole chicken adds loads of flavor to homemade chicken soup.
  • Onion: I added a medium-sized onion, chopped.
  • Celery: I added diced celery to add flavor to the soup as well.
  • Carrots: Carrots add texture, color, and flavor to the chicken soup.
  • Chicken broth: I used store-bought chicken broth as a base for the soup, or make your own homemade stock.
  • Chicken bouillon: If you want to add more flavor you can throw in some chicken bouillon.
  • Salt and pepper: Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Water
  • Egg Noodles: You can use frozen or Homemade Egg Noodles

Be sure to keep reading to find tips and tricks, substitutions, and answers to questions you may have about this homemade chicken noodle soup recipe.

How to make Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup from Scratch 

Follow these steps for Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup using a whole chicken.

First: Place the whole raw chicken into a soup pot, large pot, or Dutch oven. Add veggies. I cut my onion up fairly large, and do the same for my celery and carrots.

Second:  Add chicken broth, bouillon (if needed), salt, and pepper generously, and fill with water to cover the ingredients, adding about 2-3 more inches above them.

Cover and cook until the chicken is done. Depending on the size of your chicken, I find it’s done in about an hour or a little more.

Third: Remove chicken and de-bone, remove skin, and dice or shred. Return shredded chicken to pot.

Fourth:  While your soup is cooking, boil the egg noodles until they are done, drain and rinse them. Add the noodles to the soup, and serve.

I like to garnish the soup with fresh parsley.

Notes: You may not need to add the bouillon cube. Taste the soup to see if the chicken did the job.

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. 

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Remember that when it comes to making substitutions in recipes, you don’t need to be afraid to get creative and use ingredients that suit your personal taste and dietary preferences. Make it your own!

  • Change up the veggies: add some greens, chopped broccoli, frozen peas, or whatever you have on hand. 
  • Use different noodles; any type of noodle goes in chicken soup so use whatever you’ve got in the pantry. 
  • Swap homemade chicken stock for store-bought stock if you happen to have some in the fridge or freezer. 
  • Try using chicken thighs or chicken breasts instead of a whole chicken. You can also use leftover chicken or rotisserie chicken to add to the soup though cooking the raw chicken with the broth will add more flavor. 

FAQs about  Mom’s Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup 

1. What is chicken noodle soup broth made of? The chicken noodle soup broth in this recipe uses store-bought chicken broth as a base. The flavor is enhanced by the whole chicken and the added vegetables and seasonings.  

2. What are the ingredients in simple chicken noodle soup? If you just want chicken and noodles, just use chicken, chicken broth, and noodles. 

3. Should you cook chicken before making soup? No, cooking the chicken in the broth or water adds loads of flavor so don’t cook the chicken before making the soup. 

4. Do you cook noodles before adding to chicken soup? You can cook the noodles before you make the soup as it is a matter of choice. Cooking the noodles in the chicken soup will use up some of the liquid so if you like a watery soup it may be best to cook the noodles separately.

5. What is the secret ingredient in soup? I find the secret ingredient in my chicken soup is the chicken bouillon. It really helps enhance the flavor. 

6. Do you cook the chicken before putting it in soup? No, you don’t cook the chicken before making chicken soup. If you are making a different type of soup and you want to add chicken to it, you can cook the chicken in advance. 

7. Is chicken stock the same as chicken broth? Though used interchangeably, chicken stock is not the same as chicken broth. Chicken stock is usually made with chicken bones while chicken broth is made using chicken meat. 

8. What to add to chicken noodle soup to make it better? To enhance the flavor of chicken noodle soup you can add vegetables and herbs. 

9. Can you freeze homemade chicken noodle soup? Yes, you can freeze homemade chicken noodle soup. It freezes quite well. 

10. Is homemade chicken soup healthy? Absolutely! Homemade chicken soup is chock full of nutrients. 

Tips & Tricks

  • Make sure to cook whichever type of noodle you use al dente so it stays firm in the soup.
  • To add more flavor throw in a few bay leaves, fresh thyme, fresh dill or any dried herbs or fresh herbs will work.
  • Pick up low-sodium chicken broth so you can adjust the amount of salt to your liking. 

More Homemade Soup Recipes to Love

If you are looking for more soup recipes, I’ve got you covered. For creamy soups, you may like this Broccoli Cheese Soup, this Cream of Reuben Soup, or this Creamy Corned Beef and Cabbage Soup. 

If you like pasta-based soups then this Easiest Lasagna Soup is a must as is this Tortellini Soup With Sausage. 

This easy chicken noodle soup recipe turns your warm bowl of soup into a warm hug.  I’m thinking we could all use an extra hug here and there.  

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A Longing For Chicken Noodle Soup

I have known how to make this as long as I can remember. It’s really not hard…
But I guess if you didn’t grow up eating it, you wouldn’t know how?
I have passed this “recipe” on to many friends and family over the years.  My kids all know how to make it.
I cannot say I ever really had a “recipe” though. So today, I am going to measure and count and do my best to walk you through it.


*This post was originally published on February 4th, 2012 and was published again in 2020 to improve reader experience.


My sweet pups, Gabby & Sully, who were standing close by when I first posted this recipe. They were always my audience whenever I de-boned a chicken. As all dogs do, they both crossed over the rainbow bridge into heaven in 2016.  ❤︎

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
One thing I have always noticed over the years, sometimes the broth is better than others.  When it’s good, we refer to it as “a good batch!” 
And when it needs some help, just like my Mom did, and her Mom before her did, I always blame the chicken!  It’s easy to fix though, by adding a little chicken bouillon. 
The noodles will soak up the broth as it sits.  I always add some more chicken broth to the leftovers.  We love the broth.
If you are watching your fat intake, I would recommend making this a day ahead and putting it into the fridge.  The grease from the chicken will go to the top and harden and can be removed.


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Is Chicken Soup Good For Colds?

Old wives’ tale? Popular myth? Medieval medicine? The notion that chicken soup is great for the flu and cold season goes way back. So far back I bet my mom’s mom’s mother’s grandmother was using it to soothe the common cold. 


Well, even though it is not a cure for the common cold, there are many qualities making chicken soup great for easing flu season symptoms. The warm broth, the vitamins from the vegetables, the protein from the chicken, and all the herbs and spices and salt all help fight cold symptoms. 




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The Ways Chicken Noodle Soup Is Good For Colds


Most importantly, the soup can break up congestion. The broth promotes mucus flow… gross, but it helps get it out of your lungs. (Which is even grosser if you think about it).

The herbs and vegetables help fight infection. The salt can help soothe a sore throat. So, pretty much every ingredient in the soup is working to make you feel better.

 You may still be sick, yes, but wouldn’t you prefer to feel decent if you have to suffer being sick in the first place?


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Variations On Chicken Noodle Soup

One of the great things about homemade chicken noodle soup is you can take it so many different directions. It is like a canvas to a painter. You can create off of it endlessly.

I have a few other recipes that are variations on chicken soup, all special in their very own way.  What kind of a friend (or Mother) would I be if I didn’t share them ALL?

An Affair from the Heart Chicken Soup Recipes

  • Italian Chicken Noodle Soup – An Italian twist on one of my most favorite comfort foods with thick egg noodles, Italian spiced chicken broth, lean chicken, tomatoes and fresh basil.  Sure to be a new family favorite! (pictured above)
  • Creamy Chicken Parmesan Soup – Creamy Chicken Parmesan Soup is loaded with Italian flavors and pasta.  Prepared slowly in your crockpot or on your stovetop in about 30 minutes.
  • Spicy Chicken Noodle Soup – A twist on the classic, this Spicy Chicken Noodle Soup is made by adding a little red pepper, some ginger and a little heavy cream, top it with fresh cilantro when serving.  Perfect for what ails you!
  • Chicken Noodle Soup with Sauerkraut – Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup,  just like grandma always said, can help with colds, but how about adding a true superfood like sauerkraut? You get tons of nutritional value and healing powers that will boggle your mind!
  • Chicken, Mushroom & Wild Rice Soup – This Chicken, Mushroom & Wild Rice Soup is loaded with flavor.  Pour yourself a big bowl and enjoy each and every bite!
  • Polish Sauerkraut Soup (Kapusniak) – Kapusniak holds a very special place in my heart. My Polish heritage pours love and tradition into making this Polish Sauerkraut Soup with a chicken base, Polish sausage, potatoes, carrots, celery, onions, and sauerkraut.



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Using Homemade Egg Noodles In Chicken Noodle Soup

Now if you are going to go homemade and really do it authentically, then why not make your own egg noodles for your chicken noodle soup, right? Using homemade egg noodles really takes the soup to another whole level. 

Making homemade egg noodles is super easy and doesn’t take but a few minutes. Kneading the dough is fun and it isn’t like making bread and waiting for the dough to rise. Noodles come together in minutes and they cook so quickly, you will be surprised. 

Here is my recipe for Homemade Egg Noodles… well, actually it is borrowed from my Mom and Better Homes & Gardens, but it’s the one I grew up with. 



Let’s make some soup!! I’m starving — and I need comforting! 😉  M.



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Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup, from scratch, just like Mom used to make.  Rich flavorful chicken stock, chock-full of sliced carrots, celery, and chopped onion, engulf tender pieces of chicken and homemade egg noodles.  Comfort food at it's finest!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time1 hour 40 minutes
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
Servings: 6 -8 servings
Calories: 234kcal
Author: Michaela Kenkel


  • 1 whole chicken
  • 1 medium-sized onion chopped
  • 5 stalks celery diced
  • 5 carrots sliced
  • 1- 32 oz chicken broth
  • 2 Tablespoons chicken bouillon optional
  • salt and pepper
  • water
  • Egg Noodles frozen or Homemade Egg Noodles


  • Place chicken, whole, into your soup pot. Add veggies. I cut my onion up fairly large, and do the same for my celery and carrots. We love our veggies over here!
  • I put A LOT of celery in my soup, because I love it! If I had to guess, I would say use about 5-6 stalks. When I am in a rush I buy the carrot chips and just give them a quick chop. I use the whole bag. We have a big family though, and usually we eat it, I put some in the fridge and then have some for the freezer to pull out in a pinch.
  • Salt and pepper generously.
  • Add chicken broth, bouillon (if needed), salt and pepper generously, and fill with water to cover the ingredients, adding about 2-3 more inches above them. Cover and cook until chicken is done.
  • Depending on the size of your chicken, I find it’s done in about an hour or a little more.
  • Remove chicken and de-bone, remove skin and dice up meat.
  • Return to pot.
  •  While your soup is cooking, boil the egg noodles until they are done, and drain and rinse them.
  • Add the noodles to the soup, and serve. I like to top mine with parsley.


You may not need to add bouillion. Taste after it cooks to see if the chicken did the job.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 234kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 958mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g

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  1. I can see why your kids request it. It looks marvelous. I really like that you use the wide egg noodles too.

  2. Oh my gosh this looks incredible! I can’t wait to make it, I know we are going to love it!! Thank you for sharing!

  3. Made this soup with the homemade egg nooodles and it was just like my Mom used to make, too! Thanks for sharing. I’ve been trying to find the perfect egg noodle recipe for years (mom passed away and never wrote hers down) and this is the closest I’ve found 🙂

  4. Perfect for this time of the year, great for any time. Delicious photos that make me want to run to the kitchen! 🙂

  5. This recipe is perfect for the cold weather and chilly nights. Great flavors and textures in one pot. I love keeping a container in the freezer for busy nights or sick days.

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